1 - 1.5 Hours
Welcome to the Gettysburg Walking Tour
Think you know the whole story of Gettysburg? Think again! This self-guided walking tour of downtown Gettysburg brings to life the civilians swept up in the chaos of the Civil War’s deadliest battle. Discover tales of hardship and heroism as ordinary people found themselves caught in extraordinary times.
Know the town’s history
Your Gettysburg walking tour begins at the Gettysburg Heritage Center. From there, you’ll head north, toward the National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln delivered the stirring Gettysburg Address.
Next, you’ll see the Jenny Wade House, home to the only civilian casualty of the battle. Then it’s on to the Children of Gettysburg museum, full of exhibits about those oft-forgotten witnesses to all the bloodshed.
You’ll arrive next at a Witness Tree, which Lincoln’s carriage passed on his way to deliver his famous speech. Then you’ll pass the home of Hettie Shriver, who inadvertently fled out of the frying pan and into the fire in her attempts to escape the fighting!
Next to that is the Pierce House Inn, once home to a young girl who became an unlikely combat medic during and after the battle! You’ll then see the Gettysburg Museum of history, a private collection of over 4,000 war-related artifacts, and learn about modern-day grave robbers.
The next landmark you’ll pass is a peculiar one—the remnants of an old cannon! Then there’s the Adams County Courthouse, which became an impromptu hospital for wounded soldiers as the fighting raged on.
Afterward, you’ll pass the site where Congressman Thaddeus Stevens once had an office. His name might not be as well-remembered as Lincoln’s, but he’s definitely a hero worth knowing! Then, past a life-size Lincoln statue perfect for photo ops, you’ll find the David Wills House, where the real Abraham Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address.
Up next, you’ll pass the Gettysburg Hotel, rumored to be one of the most haunted places in town! Finally, after hearing about the battle’s devastating aftermath, you’ll arrive at the train station which became an emergency medical station after the fighting had concluded at long last. Your tour concludes here.
Starting Point Address: Gettysburg Heritage Center Parking Lot at 1 Culp Street
What You'll See
Welcome to Gettysburg Heritage Center
Jennie Wade House
Shriver House Museum
Tillie Pierce House Inn
Gettysburg Museum of History
Adams County Court House
David Wills House
Gettysburg National Cemetery
Preview the Tour
Stop 5 - Jennie Wade House
Stop 7 - Witness Tree
Stop 11 - Gettysburg Artifacts
Stop 15 - Lincoln Statue
Stop 18 - Aftermath
What do we do?
Simply put, Action Tour Guide is an audio guide, map, and tour book – all in one app! We are a GPS-enabled app-based tour that narrates information based on your location right on your phone. You can experience our driving and walking tours at your own pace and literally at any time of the day!
Changing travel date? No worries! All individual tours come with lifetime validity.
No Network Needed
The tour works offline which means you do not need your phone network to enjoy the tour. However, we do suggest you download the tour at your home, hotel, visitor center, etc before you head out for a completely immersive experience.
Not an Entry Ticket
This is not an entry ticket.
How many tours should I buy?
Since this is a walking tour, you need to buy one per person.